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Class 3: Circular Open Source Fashion#

Global Instructor: Zoe Romano

In this class the lecture will outline the systems behind fashion and the textile industry, focusing on alternative systems such as circular fashion, agile fashion, open value chains. The focus will be on creating modular elements, structures and connections that allow the user to change the shape of a garment, resize it or replace certain elements. Students will publish their creations on open source platforms and learn how to monitor and promote their creations in a distributed network.

Program outline

  • Intro teacher
  • Circular fashion
  • Hacking the fashion system
  • Agile fashion
  • Modular elements
  • Modular seams
  • References


  • 2d drawing software
  • illustrator, rhino3d & grasshopper, solidworks
  • valentina project
  • openfitlab
  • laser cutter


  • sealing textiles, synthetic textiles that melt and seal the edges of the cut outs
  • vegetable tanned leather (chrome tanned leather is toxic when heated)
  • felt, natural and synthetic (preferably pla or other biodegardable felts)
  • neoprene (check for composition that no toxic particle/fumes will be released when heated)


The students will have to design and fabricate a modular reconfigurable or seamless garment. The soft connection can be designed to be implemented in the assembly of a garment, being applied on the seams or it can be designed as single elements that act as construction parts of a garment. Their task is to upload their open source file on the platform. Their file should be accompanied by a list of materials that can be used, pictures of the final piece , various configurations and pictures of details of assembling or special parameters to be considered. Once uploaded the students should publish their project and track the downloads and shares on social media and other platforms throughout the whole course.

Evaluation and assessment

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